A Benin based human rights lawyer and Principal, Head of Signature Chamber, Barr. Olayiwola Afolabi and 57 others, have been elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC).
The committee headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, confirmed the appointment of the new SAN which comprised 57 legal practitioners and one from the academic.
A statement by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court/Secretary of the LPPC, Hajo Sarki-Bello, said that the new SANs were appointed as a result of their excellence in the law profession and in the adherence to the code of ethics of the profession.
The statement says that the LPPC meeting considered four different petitions against some of the applicants and dismissed them for lacking in merit.
It further stated that the new senior advocates would on Monday, November 27, be inaugurated by the CJN at the Supreme Court complex.
Olayiwola Afolabi is an indigene of Ekiti State. He grew up in Lagos State but now plies his trade as a lawyer as well as a notary public with positive bias for human rights activism in Benin City, capital of Edo State.
His name resonates not only in Edo State but across Nigeria because of a charitable heart that is a critical component of his legal practice and life in general. At the end of the day, he has ended up doing so much to uplift the legal profession and the judiciary.
Aside from Olayiwola Afolabi, others include human rights activist, Kayode Ajulo, Funmi Falana who is the wife to Femi Falana, Felix Ota Offia, Lawrence Bankole Falade, Kingsley Obamogie, Abiola Isiaq Oyebanji, Bomo Olakunle Agbebi, Daniel Uruakpa, and Oseloka Godwin Osuigwe.
Others are Babatunde Adeoye, Babaseyi Joseph, Emmanuel Moses Enoidem, Kehinde Olufemi Aina, Nghozi Oleh, Aaron Chile Okoroma and Ibrahim Angulu, among others.
“The rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics,” Bello said.
“The meeting further considered four (4) different petitions written against some of the applicants and determined that each of petition lacked merit and thus dismissed.”
See the names below:
- FELIX OTA OFFIA, ESQ
- LAWRENCE BANKOLE FALADE, ESQ
- KINGSLEY OSABUOHIEN OBAMOGIE, ESQ
- FOLASHADE ABOSEDE ALLI, ESQ
- ABIOLA ISIAQ OYEBANJI, ESQ
- BOMO OLAKUNLE AGBEBI, ESQ
- DANIEL OSINACH URUAKPA , ESQ
- OSELOKA GODWIN OSUIGWE, ESQ
- BABATUNDE ADEOYE, ESQ
- BABASEYI SIGISMUND JOSEPH, ESQ
- EMMANUEL MOSES ENOIDEM, ESQ
- KEHINDE OLUFEMI AINA, ESQ
- NGOZI CHIDO OLEHI, ESQ
- AARON CHILEOKWU OKOROMA, ESQ
- IBRAHIM DALHATU ANGULU, ESQ
- OLAYIWOLA EMMANUEL AFOLABI, ESQ
- SULE SHU’AIBU, ESQ
- ABIODUN OLANREWAJU OLALERU, ESQ
- ALFRED OLUFEMI ATTEH, ESQ
- KAZEEM ADEKUNLE SOBALOJU, ESQ
- SHEHU WADA ABDULLAHI, ESQ
- BAMIDELE OLAWOYE IBIRONKE, ESQ
- OLUWASEYILAYO AKINKUNMI OJO, ESQ
- FUNMI FALANA, ESQ
- FELIX TAMARAUDENKEMEFA OKOROTIE,
- SEUN OLUWAGBENGAAJAYI, ESQ
- FRIDAY RAMSES AKIJ ONOJA, ESQ
- AGADA JOHN ELACHI, ESQ
- BOLA RASAQ GOLD, ESQ
- PAUL KASIMANWUNA MADUEMENE, ESQ
- RAFIU OYEYEMI BALOGUN, ESQ
- OLUWOLE ALADEDOYE, ESQ
- PAULYN OSOBHASE ABHULIMEN, ESQ
- JONATHAN GUNU TAIDI, ESQ
- TOCHUKWU JUDE ONYIUKE, ESQ
- OLUKAYODE ABRAHAM AJULO, ESQ
- CHRISTOPHER ADAPAR UMAR, ESQ
- CHIBUEZE OGECHI OGBONNA, ESQ
- YEMI ADEWALE M’SBAUDEEN ADESINA, ES
- OMOYEMI LATEEF AKANGBE, ESQ
- OLUMIDE AKINWALE OLUJINMI, ESQ.
- MUSAADAMU ALIYU, ESQ
- FIDELIS CHUKWUNONYE MBADUGHA ESQ
- ONYEMAECHI CHUKWUDI ADIUKWU, ESQ
- IKECHUKWU PHILIP ONUOMA, ESQ
- YAKUBU PHILEMON, ESQ
- JOHNNY UGWUGWAYE AGIM, ESQ
- ALIYU LEMU IBRAHIM, ESQ
- ISAIAH BOZIMO, ESQ
- PRISCA OZOILOESIKE, ESQ
- YAHAYA DAN’ASABE DANGANA, ESQ
- ADEOLA OLUWASEUN ADEDIPE, ESQ
- ADEDAYO SAMUE LADEDEJI, ESQ
- CHIKAOSOLU OJUKWU, ESQ
- MUSAAHMED ATTAH, ESQ
- AYOTUNDE FOLUSO OGUNLEYE, ESO
- OLAYEMI BADEWOLE, ESQ
SHORTLISTED ACADEMIC APPLICANTS IN ORDER OF SENIORITY AT THE BAR
- JOHN ALEWO AGBONIKA